Bill Belichick credits Patriots training staff for good team health this season

Ryan Hannable
January 15, 2019 - 4:18 pm

The Patriots are very healthy for a team that has played 16 regular-season games, plus a playoff game.

Last week prior to the divisional round game against the Chargers, there was perfect attendance for all three practices. Defensive end Deatrich Wise ended up by missing the game due to an ankle injury, but he was the only player to miss the game due to injury.

Also, there haven't been many season-ending injuries, either.

Rookies Isaiah Wynn and Ja'Whaun Bentley are on injured reserve, as well as running back Jeremy Hill and cornerback Eric Rowe, but only four players to be lost for the year really is not bad at all.

Speaking on a conference call Tuesday, Bill Belichick credited the training staff.

"I think all of the parties – our strength and conditioning staff, our training staff and our players – have all worked extremely hard," he said. "I think that work paid off and has shown up and we’re going to continue to do it. Yeah, absolutely. There’s been a lot of sweat there."

Belichick added: "Surely a combination of training, which as an athlete, training to prepare for the competition and a certain element of recovery or treatment to deal with things that are less than 100 percent but need to try to be treated and dealt with so that we can be as close to 100 percent as possible. Collectively, there’s a lot of people involved in that process but ultimately that’s what you try to do, is train the healthy players to be able to compete at a high level for a sustained period of time and rest, rehabilitate and recover the athletes that need that so that they can eventually train at full capacity to be able to train for the high competition."

The Patriots will take on the Chiefs Sunday night in Kansas City for the right to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl.

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